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The Annual Staff Dinner is the biggest calendar event for the CMV Group, where we are thrilled to take the opportunity to honour the achievements of our employees and businesses, and give hardworking employees and their guests the opportunity to socialise and celebrate together.

This year, the CMV Group Annual Staff Dinners in Melbourne and Adelaide saw record attendance in both states. With more than 800 attendees in Melbourne, and 1100 in Adelaide, these dinners marked a great milestone for the Group, and is a reflection of the exciting growth the company is experiencing.

Victorian guests gathered at the Melbourne Showgrounds, with main room hosting guests across 98 tables, which is an impressive jump from last year’s 75 tables. It was fantastic to see a number of trucks on display. With a Volvo FH, Kenworth K220, a historic Diamond T 201, and a Hino 300 Series inside the venue, and another ten trucks displayed outside.

The South Australian dinner was again hosted at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with guests spread across more than 100 tables, sharing the room with 16 vehicles! Inside the main hall, displays from our dealerships included a Kenworth K220, DAF CF530, Volvo FH13, Mack Super-Liner, UD, Hino 300 Series, Foton iBlue Electric Truck, Lexus RZ 450e Sport, Mercedes-Benz Maybach S680, Toyota Corolla Cross, Hyundai Kona, Ford Ranger Wildtrack, VW Tiguan R, and a Suzuki S-Cross.

We were thrilled to have the amazing Amelia Mulcahy of Channel 7 Adelaide return as MC for both Victoria and South Australia’s events. Ever the professional, Amelia directed the evenings formalities with charm, showing respect and care for the culture of the CMV Group. 

Work Health and Safety, Staff Volunteering and an overview of the Group’s financial performance were among the evenings presentations, but the major topic of discussion was CMV Group’s recent announcement of an Executive Leadership transition. 

Managing Director, Paul Crawford took to the stage to discuss the transition in further detail, and outline the process of change as fourth generation family members, Daniel and Miles Crawford take over as Joint Managing Directors in early 2024

Following this, Daniel and Miles were joined on stage by other fourth generation business leaders, Jono, Drew, Ross, Pip, Miles, Heidi and Ryan to present on the business’s growth and developments.

The most important part of the evening is to celebrate our employees and award the high-achievers across the CMV Group.

First up, Director of Group Operations, Anthony Casey, and Derrimut General Manager, Ross Grieg, presented the Safety Award Winners, which recognise those staff whose personal dedication to safety has seen them nominated by their managers for recognition.

Safety Award Winners


Luke Perry - CMV Truck Centre
Andy McDougall - CMI Toyota Christies Beach
Mandy Jackson - CMV Farms Langhorne Creek


Aaron Young  - South Central Truck & Bus
Rebecca O’Donohoe – Barry Maney Group
Jessica Perrin - Keith’s Grove


Brett Fullard - CMV Truck & Bus Dandenong
Whitney Passalick - CMV Truck & Bus Albury Wodonga.

Next, Anthony and Ross took the opportunity to acknowledge the performance of some of our businesses, who in the eyes of the Safety Board Committee, have exhibited excellence in their approach to safety over the last year.

Business Award Winners


CMI Toyota Cheltenham, managed by Steve Thompson
CMV Farms Keith’s Grove, managed by Tim Preusker
Lexus of Adelaide, managed by Wade Sander


CMV Truck & Bus Shepparton, managed by Brody Gray
Bayswater Truck Centre, managed by Andrew Bramley

Awarded next were the Employee and Apprentices of the Year, which recognise individuals within each business who over the past year have displayed remarkable work ethic and performed at the top level. Congratulations to the 2023 Employees of the Year!

Employees of the Year


CMV Group Administration - Ruth Woolley (SA)
CMI Toyota Adelaide - Daniel Cooney
CMI Eastside - Gary Bassett
CMI Toyota Cheltenham     - Mason Liu
CMI Toyota Christies Beach - Simon Atack
Mercedes-Benz Adelaide - Tory Crocker
Mercedes-Benz Unley - Tobie Carroll
Lexus of Adelaide - Jahn Williams
Barry Maney Group - Michael Bonham
CMV Farms Lindsay Point - Jamon Wright
Australian Pioneer Pistachio Company - Rebecca Williams
Riverland Almonds - Narelle Przibilla
CMV Truck Centre - Anthony Deer
South Central Truck & Bus - Caitlin Mason
CMI Hino Adelaide - Amanda Hammond


CMV Group Administration - Michael Paradisis (Vic)
CMI Hino Melbourne - Angelo Calabretta
Hallam Truck Centre - Ben Durrant
Bayswater Truck Centre    - Terry Hobson
CMV Truck & Bus Albury Wodonga - Jesi James
CMV Truck & Bus Clayton - Manny Mulipola
CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut - Leigh Di Pasquale
CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut - Gabriel Perri
CMV Truck & Bus Epping - James Greenwood
CMV Truck & Bus Fleet Management - Breno Dias
CMV Truck & Bus Gippsland - Phillip Wheller
CMV Truck & Bus Dandenong - Rick Bennett
CMV Truck & Bus Shepparton - Michael Choma
CMV Truck & Bus Warrnambool - Stephen Woodgate

Apprentices of the Year


CMI Toyota Adelaide - Jessica Cufone
CMI Eastside - Victor Enriquez
CMI Toyota Cheltenham - Joshua Weston
CMI Toyota Christies Beach - Stella Henderson
Mercedes-Benz Adelaide - Johannes Wilholt
Mercedes-Benz Unley - Jaiden Male
Lexus of Adelaide - James Longinidis
Barry Maney Group - Branden Telford
CMV Truck Centre - Blake Cook
South Central Truck & Bus - Bradley Mitchell
CMI Hino Adelaide - Danhil Labios


Hallam Truck Centre – Matt Blake
Bayswater Truck Centre – Josh Robinson
CMI Hino – Bailey East
CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut – Cooper Crawford
CMV Truck & Bus Epping – Dante Fisicaro
CMV Truck & Bus Fleet Management – Mitchell Carabott
CMV Tuck & Bus Gippsland – Ji Geisler
CMV Truck & Bus Shepparton – Braden White
CMV Truck & Bus Albury Wodonga – Paris Maw
CMV Truck & Bus Clayton – Jacob Roylance
CMV Truck & Bus Dandenong – Gary Admiraal

As a family-owned business with a culture of placing high importance on our staff, we’re so proud to have a large number of longstanding employees within our businesses. That is why we celebrate them at every opportunity, including at the Annual Staff Dinner. A big congratulations to the following Long Service Award recipients! 

Adelaide Long Service Awards

20 Years
Marshall McBey – Lexus of Adelaide
Jesse Wade – CMI Toyota Christies Beach
Ben Willoughby – CMI Toyota Adelaide
Bill Lane – South Central Truck & Bus
Phil Reily – CMV Farms, Langhorne Creek
Shaun Garfitt – CMV Group Administration 
Jason Templer – South Central Truck & Bus
Jas Arthwal – CMI Toyota
David Korff – CMI Toyota
Angela Guerra – CMI Toyota
Liz Andrys – CMI Toyota
Ross Dineen – CMV Group Administration 

25 Years
Stuart Cunningham – CMI Toyota
Colin Watkins – Riverland Almonds
Cameron Hefford – Lexus of Adelaide
Greta Simpson – CMI Toyota
Paul Johnston – Lexus of Adelaide

30 Years
Michael Pavlovic – CMI Toyota
Jan Moro – CMV Truck Centre

40 Years
Andrew Crothers – South Central Truck & Bus
Peter Anderson – CMV Group Administration

45 Years
Bob Malusa – CMV Truck Centre
David Crawford – CMV Farms

Melbourne Long Service Awards

20 Years
Mark O’Dywer – Hallam Truck Centre
Matthew Elias – CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut

21 Years
Lesley Wickham – CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut
Nick Josevski – CMV Truck & Bus Epping
Aaron Kuszlaba – CMV Truck & Bus MSRDC 
Andrew De Longville - CMV Truck & Bus Derrimut

25 Years
Chris Montgomery – CMV Truck & Bus

30 Years
Glenn Szabo – CMV Truck & Bus Clayton
Rohan Cook – CMV Truck & Bus Clayton
Ritchie Hedley – CMV Truck & Bus Clayton
Chun Lau – CMV Truck & Bus Clayton
Olivia Steers – CMV Truck & Bus Clayton

In addition to celebrating these achievements, we took a moment to acknowledge the retirement of a very influential figure for the CMV Group - Finance Director, David Skopal. David has worked for the CMV Group for more than 40 years and has been a key driver of the success of this company. Well done to David on a fantastic career.

To all who attended, thank you for joining us for the most successful Annual Staff Dinner yet! Thank you especially to those who transported vehicles, organisers, and speakers, for contributing to the night’s success. We look forward to an even bigger event next year!